Strange creation: Lisa Dwyer Hogg, Barbara Brennan, Marcus Lamb, Nick Dunning, Mark Lambert (seated), Chris McHallem, Kathy Kiera Clarke, Aislín McGuckin and Don Wycherley in Róisín McBrinn’s production. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

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Counting  votes for the Dublin area in the abortion referendum in 2002. Photograph: Frank Miller

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From left: Des O’Malley, John Bruton, Albert Reynolds, Dick Spring and Proinsias De Rossa. Photograph: Irish Times Archive

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Sarah King and Amanda Gallagher from Loreto College with Joey, the puppet from War Horse, one of many successful shows to run at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. Photograph: Alan Betson

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‘In fairness, John Bruton himself clearly does not see any problem with continuing to draw an enormous public pension while engaging in private work.’ Former taoiseach John Bruton, chairman of IFSC Ireland. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

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